'Timbuktu' Oscar nod a 'great sign' for Africa: director

Jan 16, 2015

'Timbuktu' Oscar nod a 'great sign' for Africa: director

The Oscar nomination for Mauritanian film “Timbuktu,” about daily life in the Islamist-occupied city, is a “great sign for Mauritania and Africa,” the film’s director said on Thursday. The film made history earlier in the day, when all the Academy Award nominees were announced, ...

Jan 5, 2015

150 migrants rescued off Spanish coast in recent days

Almost 150 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean in makeshift boats have been rescued off the coast of Spain in less than a week, officials said Sunday. In the largest of several rescue operations last week, a boat carrying 53 people was spotted on ...

Spiritual leader of African Hebrew Israelites dies

Dec 29, 2014

Spiritual leader of African Hebrew Israelites dies

The spiritual leader of the African Hebrew Israelites, a movement that believes some black Americans are the descendants of an ancient Israelite tribe, has died in the southern Israeli town where he brought his followers four decades ago, a spokeswoman for the polygamous vegan ...

Islamic State group's influence spreads to African jihadis

| Dec 16, 2014

Islamic State group's influence spreads to African jihadis

Its main battlegrounds are far away and its true influence hard to judge, but the Islamic State’s black banner is attracting the attention of jihadis in Africa, particularly in Nigeria. Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s so-called caliphate is based in Syria and Iraq ...

Dec 2, 2014

HIV may evolve to cause AIDS less frequently

HIV may be evolving to become less aggressive, suggesting that one day it may infect humans without causing AIDS. Women with HIV in South Africa are more likely to have AIDS than a similar group in Botswana, where the disease arrived a decade earlier. ...